Tropics


Weather Video: Tropical Cyclone heading towards NZ

A tropical cyclone north west of New Zealand is going to transition out of tropical cyclone status and then deepen into a new system as it moves into the New Zealand area late Wednesday and across Thursday, most likely making landfall in the South Island - a rare event but does sometimes happen there.


Tropical Cyclone Fehi forms near New Caledonia - has direct path to New Zealand (+3 Maps)

The Fiji MetService has just officially named the tropical cyclone that formed earlier today. The Category 1 cyclone is named Fehi and should last a day or two with this status. While the waters around New Zealand are warmer than average they are not warmer than where the storm is coming from, so we do expect it to weaken and lose tropical storm status as it tracks south in the days ahead.


Sick of the heat? A big cool down is coming for many!

The heat and humidity is getting to a lot of people with a poll at WeatherWatch.co.nz over the weekend showing more than 50% who voted are finding it too hot or too humid. 


Rain coming for much of New Zealand on Thursday

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January ends on a fairly dry note - February kicks off wetter. A tropical cyclone is today expected to briefly develop near New Caledonia before weakening again soon after and drifting south into New Zealand on Thursday.


You think it's humid now? Early February may be even worse

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A tropical cyclone may briefly develop over the Coral Sea in the next 24 hours then weaken and head towards New Zealand around Thursday.


NZ next 7 days: A heatwave, isolated severe thunderstorms and a tropical depression (+Maps)

There is a lot going on with temperatures several degrees above normal, inland severe thunderstorms and now a tropical depression has formed and is likely to drop south towards New Zealand mid next week.


Deep tropical low to unravel over New Zealand next week (+4 Maps)

A deep low in the Coral Sea/north Tasman Sea early next week will quickly drop south into the New Zealand area on Wednesday, January 31st, bringing rain to the West Coast then spreading across other parts of the country with a very humid airflow.


Weather Video: Tropical trouble coming next week as storm heads towards NZ

A storm from the tropics is coming our way almost exactly one month after the last one - and it brings similar risks.

From today until the start of next week New Zealand will be mostly settled with inland downpours developing.


Sub-tropics linking up with New Zealand - but main energy to our north (+Maps)

A vein of subtropical rain extends from New Caledonia down to New Zealand's North Island however the bulk of the energy lies out at sea north of Northland.


New Zealand's risk of severe weather diminishes today as Australia's risk soars (+7 Maps)

For the first time in a week the chances of severe weather in New Zealand is reducing while over the ditch Australia is bracing for a significant storm to kick off the first day of summer on the meteorological calendar, with a potential tropical cyclone soon after.